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The Vanier College Music Department, in conjunction with the Vanier College Foundation, is proud to present the Montreal Premiere of Oratorio Terezin by Ruth Fazal, a large-scale classical work for symphony orchestra, two choirs (children and adult) and three vocal soloists, on May 4 th, 2008 at Salle Wilfrid Pelletier, Place des Arts.
Produced by Nadia Turbide, Coordinator of the Vanier Music Department, Oratorio Terezin will feature the 100-voice Vanier College Choir and the 60-voice McGill Conservatory Youth Choir both directed by Vanier Music Professor Erica Phare, as well as Concerto Della Donna, Le Choeur des enfants de Montréal and the Amati Orchestra.
Internationally acclaimed conductor, Iwan Edwards will conduct the 270 performers in this monumental work which will feature guest soloists Colin Ainsworth, Tenor (Voice of God), Nathaniel Watson, Baritone (Voice of the Prophet), and Teresa Maria Gomez, Soprano (Voice of Suffering).
Based on poetry written by children imprisoned in the Terezin concentration camp between 1941 and 1944, and Hebrew Scriptures, Oratorio Terezin was first performed in Toronto in 2003 and subsequently presented in Europe 2004, Israel 2005 and Carnegie Hall in New York in 2007. It is a deeply moving and thought-provoking work that has met with critical acclaim worldwide.
The Vanier College Music Department is committed to offering its students outstanding opportunities for participating in important musical works. By performing in Oratorio Terezin the members of the Vanier College Choir will sing with famous guest artists, they will be accompanied by the Amati Orchestra, and they will benefit from the experience of working with a world famous conductor. Furthermore, Vanier students will have the rare opportunity of performing in the professional setting of Place des Arts.